Although Inlander, president of the People's Health Society, an advocacy group, and health writer Moran go beyond the traditional advice to ``drink chicken soup like your mom told you,'' don't expect to find in this book many suggestions that common sense and your own doctor haven't already told you. While no cure yet exists for such annoying and potentially dangerous afflictions as colds or flu, this book tends to focus on the obvious: keep away from people who are already ill; wash your hands frequently; use paper towels. Some readers and their mothers, however, might take exception to the authors' advice to sneeze toward the floor rather than to using your hands to cover a sneeze. Nearly everyone knows that taking vitamin C can boost the immune system; still, the authors believe it's necessary to repeat this. They also advise readers to think positively, relax, laugh away colds, make friends and schedule rewards for oneself. Their most interesting discussion-albeit brief-assesses promising cold and flu research. (Jan.)
Poised for release in the middle of the annual flu season, this People's Medical Society book unites sound medical advice and the latest information on the efficacy of home and folk remedies for colds and flu. Among other issues, Inlander and Moran explore vitamin C's effects on colds by interviewing Dr. Linus Pauling, the leading advocate of vitamin C, and restating his surprising views in lay terms. Although some of the advice may seem obvious (e.g., cut alcohol and drug consumption), much is less so (e.g., "Don't fly unless necessary when you have a cold or flu"). Especially valuable is the categorical treatment of such matters as exactly which symptoms constitute a cold and which the flu, and what foods are beneficial in battling colds and flu. This slim, handy reference contains the skinny on cold and flu avoidance and treatment, not to mention a chapter on promising research and a brief but useful glossary, too.